The Malaysian family of Noordin Mohammed Top have washed their hands of the terrorist mastermind, saying he deserted his wife and three children years ago, a report said on Wednesday.
"My son-in-law is more of a problem than anything else," Noordin's father-in-law Rusdi Hamid said according to the New Straits Times.
"Whatever happens, happens. We have left his fate to Allah," he said as the family awaited the results of DNA tests to determine whether a militant killed in a weekend raid in Indonesia was his son-in-law.
Indonesian police said on Wednesday said that the tests showed the slain man was not Noordin, one of Asia's most wanted men who is accused of planning July 17 hotel bombings in Jakarta as well as a string of other attacks.
"Even if he is dead, it would not leave an impact on the family. After all, he left us for eight years without saying a word," said Rusdi.
The 67-year-old told the daily he was pleased when Noordin asked for permission to marry his daughter, as he had a good reputation in their village where he was the principal of a religious school.
But in 2001, Rusdi said he abruptly left the village in southern Malaysia without leaving any money to support his wife and three young children -- the children are now aged 10, nine and eight years.
"My duty now is to look after my daughter and her three children. Whatever happens to Noordin, I leave it to God."
"The whole world is looking for him. I don't think I will ever see him again. I don't even know what to say to him if I did," he reportedly said.